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Benelli TNT 300
A naked standard, the Tornado carries many of the design aspects we expect from the class, and you can still see shades of The Old Country in the curves of the lines. The entry consists of the usual isolated headlight can with a teeny-tiny flyscreen/wind deflector up top. Flyscreens don’t do much to begin with, and I have serious doubts as to whether this vestigial detail does anything noticeable at all.
A stylized front fairing adds a little flair at the front end and pulls double duty as it protects the swept area of the forks from dust and debris. A bit of pullback at the bars allows for an upright riding position, but the lines of the fuel tank allow the rider to tuck in with knee-hangers on the tank for some body English.
The subframe tapers off to nothing with a pillion pad and grab rails for a passenger or a handy place to bungee some cargo. At a glance, the Tornado pretty much toes the genre line, and it would look at home next to almost any other small-displacement naked from a distance, but fit-and-finish leaves a little to be desired overall.
Design and Style
The large V-shaped headlamps that are complimented by the puny windscreen makes the TNT 300 look like a robot. The muscular profile comes from the dual disc and golden upside down forks. The fuel tank is nicely shaped with well cut out knee recesses for smooth grip. The arrow-head shaped cowl directly extending from the front of the tank makes it look bigger and gives you a ‘big-bike’ like feel. The under seat exhaust looks quite similar to the one seen on the Kawasaki’s ER-6N. The bike offers comfortable riding posture with a 795mm seat height, the tall handle bars and a wide seat for the rider and the pillion as well. It has an extended wheelbase of 1410 mm for a stable ride. The large tail light and the chunky grab rails flows well with the rest of the TNT 300 design.
There is a good combination seen on the instrument panel with analogue tachometer and digital speedometer, fuel gauge, trip meter and odometer. This instrument cluster looks more impressive and premium than the fully analogue or fully digital. The white background on the tachometer along with red needle makes it look more appealing.
Dimensions and Fuel tank Capacity
The TNT 300 has got a length of 2130 mm, width of 800 mm and a height of 1120 mm as its dimensions along with a wet or kerb weight of 185 Kgs. It has a fuel tank capacity of 16 litres which does not disappoint you on the long runs.
Engine and Gearbox
The Benelli TNT 300 is powered by a 300cc, 4-stroke, 8-valve, liquid cooled, two-cylinder, DOHC engine which generates a maximum power of 37.73 Bhp at 11,500 rpm and a peak torque of 26.5 Nm at 10,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a six speed transmission and a wet clutch. It uses the electronic injection with twin 38 mm throttle bodies.
Brakes and Suspension
The moorcycle comes fitted with 260 mm Twin disc brakes at the front and 240 mm single disc brakes at the rear end. Benelli is offering two different combinations of tyres for the TNT 300. One is Pirelli manufactured 120/70-R17 for the front and 160/60-R17 for the rear and other one being MRF manufactured 110/60-R17 for the front and 150/60-R17 for the rear. The suspension duties are handled by Benelli 41 mm upside down forks with 115 mm stroke at its front while Benelli shock 120 mm stroke with adjustable preload rebound are placed at the rear end.